- Wednesday, 19 March 2008 16:22
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 22:25
- Written by Mark Hicken
Mark Hicken is a Vancouver lawyer providing a full range of legal services to the wine industry through his own law practice, Vintage Law Group, located in Vancouver, BC. For certain matters, particularly litigation, Mark sometimes works in collaboration with the team of lawyers listed here.
Mark has a B.A. (Honours) from UBC and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of B.C., the Canadian Bar Association, the International Association of Wine Lawyers (Association Internationale des Juristes du Vin) and the American Society for Enology & Viticulture. He has also completed the Wine Executive Program at the University of California, Davis. Mark is a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Hospitality Foundation and is the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Mark has a diverse background including time spent working for larger Vancouver law firms such as Lawson Lundell and Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau), entrepreneurial technology businesses and marketing agencies.
In April 2012, Mark appeared before the House of Commons Finance Committee as a witness in favour of Bill C-311 (the inter-provincial shipping law reform bill which became law in June 2012). Recently, Mark has been interviewed and quoted on wine law issues in the Globe and Mail, the Economist, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Province, the Calgary Herald, the Toronto Star, the Advocate, Canadian Lawyer, Lawyers Weekly, BC Business, Business in Vancouver, CKNW radio, CBC radio, CBC television, Global television, Wine Spectator, Vines, Grape2Vine, Wine Business Monthly and Wines & Vines. Mark is the founder and co-chair of the Wine & Liquor Law Conference held in Vancouver annually (each February from 2009 onwards) in conjunction with the Vancouver International Wine Festival. He was also one of the featured speakers at the 2011 12th Annual Viticulture & Enology Conference in Penticton, the 2013 MNP Direct to Consumer Workshop in Penticton, the 2013 through 2015 Wine Law in Washington conferences, the 2014 MNP Direct to Consumer Workshop in Niagara, the 2014 MNP Direct to Consumer Workshop in Penticton, and the 2014 Pacific Toast Expo. In 2016, Mark met with the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce to discuss the issue of inter-provincial trade barriers and was quoted in their report "Tear Down These Barriers: Dismantling Canada's Internal Trade Barriers". He also spoke at the Canadian Association of Law Librarians Conference.
Mark believes that effective legal advice must be provided in the context of a client's business objectives. This is critical in the Canadian wine industry where regulatory structures affect every aspect of the business from conception to consumption. Please feel free to contact Mark if you have any questions about legal issues affecting your winery or wine industry business. Mark's contact info is here.